Failing To See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“We wake if we ever wake at all, to mystery, to rumours of death, beauty, violence ….” Annie Dillard

Failing To See

When did mystery become anxious
that it needed something by way of
self-denial to be acceptable, and who
decided to strip you naked that we 
might see you clearly through the
murky mist of time, and ponder
your meanings. Did we need to 
break down your door, claiming 
your space as our own, becoming
so familiar as to have no illusions,
failing to see how our thirst for 
certainty becomes a cabinet filled
with conclusions which has emptied
us of longing.

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, philosophy, poem, quote

27 responses to “Failing To See – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. You do go to the heart of the matter with this one. It could work for either Christmas or Easter or anything else for that matter–even the rampant conspiracy theories running amuck today.

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  2. Beautiful, perhaps we did need to break down that door

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  3. Somebody used that picture here on WordPress for a writing challenge, if I remember correctly.

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  4. My immediate thought was that this poem should be a cautionary tale for genealogists, particularly DNA genealogists. My next thought was that in those late-night conversations with my dad in his cluttered office at the top of the stairs, I was after certainty; he was content with the Divine Mystery.


  5. Lady Smith

    Awesome Poem🤓Im ready to Break All Door’s Down😉

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  6. I love this one! 😀 a great poem!

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  7. Charis Counselling

    Wow great poem – very powerful


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